Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Nine people were killed in traffic crashes over the Memorial Day weekend on Los Angeles County freeways and roads patrolled by the California Highway Patrol, far more than the two deaths during the same period last year.

The reporting period began at 6:01 p.m. Friday and ended at 11:59 p.m. Monday, authorities said. During that same period last year, the CHP reported two traffic-related deaths on freeways and roads it patrols in Los Angeles County.

There was no immediate speculation about causes of the increased number of deaths.

Statewide, the CHP also reported an increase with 39 traffic-related deaths this year compared to 31 last year.

CHP officers also arrested 1,065 motorists statewide on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, down from 1,125 last year.

In Los Angeles County, there were 212 DUI arrests, down from 241 last year.

—Staff and wire reports

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